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Southern African Rare Earths International Conference 2021

Date 18 October 2021
- 20 October 2021
CPD Points 2 CPD POINTS
Location Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre, Swakopmund, Namibia
Resources Rare Earth Abstract Received-16112020.pdf
Rare Earth Announcement & CFP-16112020.pdf
Sponsorship Rare Earths Conference 2021-25052020.pdf

Background

About the Conference

The global demand for rare earth elements (REEs) and their alloys has increased enormously in the last few decades. REEs are critical materials in high-technology applications due to their unique chemical, catalytic, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties. In particular, REEs are used in emerging and niche technologies such as medical devices, electric vehicles, energy-efficient lighting, wind turbines, rechargeable batteries, catalytic converters, flat screen televisions, mobile phones. and disk drives. In fact, the 4IR-driven digital revolution will not be possible without the critical rare REEs.

The supply security of rare earth metals is of global concern. The need to diversify the supply of REEs thus creates significant opportunities for southern Africa to contribute to the global supply. In fact, as one of the regions with large REE resources, southern Africa can exploit this window of opportunity and significantly contribute to the sustainable supply of these high-tech materials.

The need to fully participate along the REE value chain has also inspired interest in developing downstream capacity for refining, through the Southern African Centralized Rare Earth Refinery (SACREF). Thus, in order to maximize value from the REEs industry in the region, further discussions on optimizing the REE value chain are needed. This conference, focusing on the optimization of the primary production and refining of rare earth metals, is designed to stimulate debate on growth, creating opportunities for the southern African rare earths industry.

Objective

The conference focuses on primary production of REEs, with specific emphasis on geology, exploration, beneficiation, refining, applications, policies, environmental aspects, new technological developments, market opportunities, and future outlook for the REE industry. In Africa driving the growth in the REE industry, there is an opportunity to establish regional centres of excellence in REEs innovation. Breakaway sessions will provide more insights on the developments, challenges, and future outlook of the REEs industry.

 

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